Posts Tagged ‘Vladimir Putin’

Orthodox theology must be de-Putinised

Monday, March 14th, 2022
Orthodox theology

“The ideas of a ‘Russian world’ and an ‘Orthodox society’ are based on bad theology,” says Russian Orthodox priest and theologian Cyril Hovorun. “They are heretical ideas. Theologically, they must be seriously deconstructed to reveal their fascistic and authoritarian dimension,” he insists. Hovorun, a 48-year-old native of Ukraine, is an archimandrite in the Ukrainian Orthodox Read more

Pope meets Putin to discuss current affairs

Monday, July 8th, 2019

President Vladimir Putin and Pope Francis met at the Vatican last Thursday to discuss environmental issues, the Catholic Church in Russia and current affairs in Syria, Ukraine and Venezuela. It was Putin’s third meeting with Pope Francis and fifth visit to the Vatican. At the end of the 55-minute private meeting, Alessandro Gisotti from the Read more

Ukraine schism forcing Russian Orthodox split from Constantinople

Monday, October 15th, 2018

The Russian Orthodox Church says it is being forced to split from Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople. Metropolitan Ilarion, the head of the Russian Orthodox church’s external relations, says Constantinople’s decision allowing the Ukranian Orthodox church to establish itself as an independent church is behind the move. Ilarion says the Constantinople Patriarchate synod’s decision to Read more

Vatican’s Secretary of State to visit Moscow on peace mission

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

Cardinal Pietro Parolin will visit Moscow at the end of August. The Vatican secretary of state’s diplomatic visit aims to formalise Pope Francis’s peacemaking efforts to President Vladimir Putin and the Russian Orthodox Church. Read more Related Posts:’Foreign Minister’s’ Moscow visit to bolster Vatican-Russia…Vatican offers to mediate between Russia and UkraineFrancis gives Putin ‘a rocket’Pelosi Read more

Vladimir Putin is linked to opposition to Pope

Friday, October 28th, 2016

Vladimir Putin is linked to opposition to Pope Francis, says Andrea Tornielli. Tornielli has been described as the Pope’s favourite journalist. He made the the suggestion in an article co-written with Giacomo Galeazzi for the Italian newspaper La Stampa. It is headlined “Catholics who are anti-Francis but love Putin”. They quote sociologist Massimo Introvigne as Read more

Pope fourth most powerful person in world: Forbes

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

Pope Francis is the fourth most powerful person in the world, according to Forbes magazine. The Pope was ranked behind Russian president Vladimir Putin, German chancellor Angela Merkel and US president Barack Obama in Forbes’s 2015 list. The Pontiff was ranked ahead of Chinese president Xi Jinping, Microsoft founder Bill Gates and US Federal Reserve Read more

Outrage as Russia destroys tonnes of Western food

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

Hundreds of tonnes of food from Western nations have been destroyed in Russia as part of campaign ordered by President Vladimir Putin. The destruction has caused an outcry from anti-poverty campaigners who say the food should have been given to the poor A petition against the action on has already attracted more than 300,000 Read more

Pope not chatty in meeting Vladimir Putin

Friday, June 12th, 2015

Pope Francis has urged Russian president Vladimir Putin to make a “sincere and great effort” to achieve peace in the Ukraine. When Mr Putin met the Pope at the Vatican on Wednesday, he was received with full honours and regalia, including a ceremonial Swiss Guard welcome. Pope Francis seemed stiff and exceptionally formal when he Read more